Show Summary Details

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD HANDBOOKS ONLINE ( © Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Handbooks Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 16 January 2021

Abstract and Keywords

This chapter, which explores conceptions of love in modern European thought, first discusses premodern Christian thoughts on love and then moves on to Enlightenment thinking on love, which focuses on the human capacity to love. It considers three theologies of love – from Søren Kierkegaard, Anders Nygren, and Karl Barth – which have remained very influential in contemporary theology. The chapter also describes four approaches – from Friedrich Schleiermacher, Paul Tillich, Karl Rahner, and Pope Benedict XVI – that attempt to overcome the separation between divine and human love, and to explore the potential of human love within the dynamic and transformative divine–human network of love. It concludes by identifying seven among the emerging challenges to contemporary theologies of love.

Keywords: Christian theology, human love, divine love, Søren Kierkegaard, Anders Nygren, Karl Barth, Friedrich Schleiermacher, Paul Tillich, Karl Rahner, Pope Benedict XVI

Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can''t find the answer there, please contact us.